Von Wong Finds His Purpose

Sometimes a person’s life story is about their search for their purpose in life.  Benjamin Von Wong is an incredibly talented photographer who spent his life trying to figure out what he was meant to do with his life.  He came up with a formula that lead him to a purpose of bringing people’s attention to environmental and humanitarian causes through his incredible photography.

What is YOUR legacy?

Andie Chase Shares Her Story Of Determination

Since we started Capturing Legacies, we have talked about the importance of people’s stories are and how your struggles and accomplishments can be an inspiration to others.  Thanks to Andie Case, the video above is further proof that stories matter and need to be shared.

We are so happy for you Andie Case, and of course, AJ Marshall and Naf Tilly Smith.  You followed your dreams and didn’t take “No” for an answer.  All the best and continued success!

Kudos to Microsoft for recognizing the value of a story.   Now It’s time to tell  YOUR story.  Visit http://AStoryNotForgotten.com and get started today.  Make sure you share your story, and maybe you can be an inspiration to hundreds or even thousands of people too.

 

EVERYONE Has A Story

At Capturing Legacies, we continue to capture stories. Stories that matter.  Stories that help mankind know itself, and stories that show where we came from as well as all that we have been through.  Every day more and more people are recognizing the importance of recording life stories.

If you have ever wondered how you can give back, and contribute in some way to a worthy cause, please consider our new crowdfunding campaign.   Through this opportunity, Capturing Legacies will record the stories of those people who would otherwise never have the chance to do it themselves.

Alternatively, no matter where you are in the world, you can still contribute through your ability to write and communicate with people.  Take a look at the volunteer opportunities available with Capturing Legacies and do your part to record real history from the people that lived it.

 

Hats Off to Deirdre and Ian Harris

Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald Deirdre and Ian Harris pose for a photo at a ceremony celebrating the couple's $1 million legacy gift to the Calgary Public Library. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Dean Pilling/Postmedia Postmedia Calgary Dean Piling/Postmedia DEAN PILING/POSTMEDIA

Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald Deirdre and Ian Harris pose for a photo at a ceremony celebrating the couple’s $1 million legacy gift to the Calgary Public Library. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Dean Pilling/Postmedia

In the Calgary Herald this morning there was an article regarding Deirdre and Ian Harris and their $1-Million legacy gift to the Calgary Public Library foundation.  Along with the other individuals and companies who have donated, we want to say thank you.  Not because it has anything to do with Capturing Legacies Inc., in fact it doesn’t, but because it is an incredible gift to the world.  Anything that encourages or preserves the stories of every day people is a good thing for humanity.

Much of human history is told by politicians, the media, and people who bend and twist things to suit their needs.  We believe that history should be told by those who lived it!  Our mandate is to capture people’s stories.  Those stories that tell you who the person was, and what their life was like.

One of our first clients, Catherine Mitchell, wrote her life story in four volumes and yet she has no children or family to pass them on to.  Thanks to the generosity of the people and companies that have donated to the CPL’s Shared History Program, presumably everyone will be able to have a permanent home for the physical books that are their life stories.

For the electronic version of Catherine’s story, please visit our self-guided life story application: AStoryNotForgotten.com.  Even better, sign up for you own free account and start writing YOUR story.  If you need help writing your story, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We can help you do it yourself, or alternatively, we can do all the work for you.

Catherine’s Canada 150 Bus Project

Catherine Mitchell

Image borrowed from Swerve Magazine article (click to view)

One of the best parts of working for Capturing Legacies is we get to meet some of the most amazing people.  Our first client, Catherine Mitchell, who made her life story viewable to the public in our Self-Guided Life Story Application is now embarking on a new and very interesting project.

Catherine has started her own blog and is documenting her travels each day on Calgary Transit from route #1 through route #150 in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Please subscribe to her blog and have a read from her first post on July 1st, 2017 where she climbed aboard bus route #1 and rode it through it’s entire loop.   Describing what she saw and her memories from years passed.

Catherine definitely understands the importance of history and storytelling.  When are you going to begin telling of your great adventures?  Contact us today and we will help you get started.

We are really enjoying your new project Catherine, and we look forward to hearing more of your great adventures!!!

 

 

Why You Should Record Your Life Story

Man and his new Chevrolet CarRemember when someone in your life, like a parent or grandparent, told you stories about their life? Remember how their eyes lit up when they told you about a time they were younger, the things that they did and places they had seen? Maybe you are now that person, telling your stories to your children or grandchildren. You really should be, it is very important to them.

Since the beginning of human existence stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Embellished or not, it is how valuable lessons are learned and wonderful adventures entertain and inspire. Some people learn from mistakes and others take a few lessons before they figure things out, but everyone experiences a unique and colorful life. The story of your life is more important than you might know and there are no two lives exactly the same. Many people don’t think that their life was all that interesting, but that’s because they were there, they lived it. To other people, that person’s life was very interesting.

I remember my father telling me about when he first came to Canada in the 1950’s and he worked for the railroad. At times It was very cold and he recalls being bundled up with only his eyes and the tip of his nose exposed to the elements. Outside, in the middle of nowhere, he cleared snow off the track switches so that trains could operate safely. To him it was just a really crappy job that he had when he first came to the country and didn’t yet speak English. To me it was a fascinating story that gave me a new perspective as to who my dad was and what life was like for him back then. When you look back through time, it is hard to imagine how the world was for previous generations. To experience it through the words of someone who was there and lived that life is priceless. We owe it to the future to tell our stories.

Imagine if the history of every person on earth was recorded, there would be an endless library of incredible stories. Family members would live on in the hearts and minds of future generations. Newcomers to the world could read about the lives and history of their ancestors, where they came from and how they lived their lives. Mankind would have a real understanding of how things like technology, politics and war have influenced our lives, from a real human perspective rather than just through the news and media reports.

Whether you think so or not, you have lead a fascinating life. Make your contribution to human history and record your life story.

For free tips on how to write your life story visit www.CapturingLegacies.com or talk to us about writing your life story for you.

A Story Not Forgotten

Two Boys in a CanoeOften when we tell OUR story, and why we created this company, people smile and light up.  They tell us what a great idea it is and they start talking about all the things we could do with it.  They list people they would love to hear the life stories of and features we should have on our website.  We have never experienced so much excitement in so many people.  Clearly, we are on the right path as Joseph Campbell would say.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

Joseph Campbell

After all, how often can you do what you love, help people, and really make a difference in the lives of others, while still earning a living?  We wake up every morning excited to talk to our customers.  Each day we get to hear the most incredible stories about triumph, sorrow, love, tragedy, achievement, comradery, faith and adventure.  Stories better than any movie you have ever seen, because they are real.  The people are real.  The adventures did happen and the accomplishments are truly great!

To our clients, thank you so very much for allowing us to capture your legacy.  We are honored to work on your project.  Your life story deserves to be recorded for generations to come.